Unnamed (on Weather Ridge)

Occurrence, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Ag; Pb
Ore minerals argentiferous galena
Gangue minerals calcite; quartz; tourmaline

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale CA
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-5
Latitude 65.49
Longitude -161.44
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Location and accuracy This occurrence is at an elevation of about 1,750 feet, 0.2 miles southeast of point 1453 on Weather Ridge. The site is in section 18, T. 1 N., R. 13 W., of the Kateel River Meridian. Cobb, 1972 (MF-389), location 9, and Miller and Elliott (1969), figure 2, sample location 22.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

This occurrence consists of a galena-bearing calcite vein 1 foot thick that cuts Jurassic-Cretaceous altered andesitic volcanic rocks near the contact with quartz monzonite of the Late Cretaceous Quartz Creek pluton. The alteration is marked by quartz-carbonate replacement, and tourmaline (also see Additional comments). A grab sample of the vein contained: 20 ppm Ag, 200 ppm Cu, 1.5% Pb, and 700 ppm Zn (Miller and Elliott, 1969).
Geologic map unit (-161.442644120633, 65.4893250830396)
Mineral deposit model Sulfides in altered quartz monzonite.
Age of mineralization Late Cretaceous.
Alteration of deposit Quartz-carbonate replacement and tourmaline.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration The area has been mapped and examined by the U.S. Geological Survey and by various exploration companies.
Indication of production None

Additional comments

This site is one of numerous occurrences of argentiferous galena, sphalerite, pyrite and arsenopyrite in an 18-mile-long, 2- to 5-mile-wide zone of altered andesite surrounding the Quartz Creek quartz monzonite pluton. The altered zone trends N 15 W, across the drainage basins of Quartz Creek and the Kiwalik River, parallel to prominent lineaments in the area.